Book: Proverbs 4
“Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.”
This proverbs connects what comes out of one’s mouth to what goes in through their ears. It is important that we guard our ears from listening to those things that tear down and destroy instead of edify.
Our tongue can do great things it was created for like communicating words to encourage and build others up or it can be a great destroying force for oneself and others. James 3:5-6 says“In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.” Such a small part of the body but what it says will direct what happens next.
There is a saying that goes like this, “precious things come in small packages but so does dynamite!” Our mouth and tongue might be small but it can produce good things or damaging things. It is important that we are careful what comes out of it. Notice in Mathew 15 the source of the words, “It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth. But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you.” The source of our words is what is found in our heart. We need to make sure our heart is and is being filled with God’s wisdom daily. Our heart does not have room for both careless negative thoughts and God’s Wisdom. What we listen to and read will have a direct influence over what we say.
Take time to consider what you listen to and what you say. Ask the Lord if there is anything He wants you to change. Watch your mouth as it mirrors your heart.